Columbus Crew SC is trying to break a long three-game losing streak as the team ends a three-game-in-eight-day stretch with a trip to Houston to face off against the Dynamo. A 4-1-1 record has turned into 4-4-1 for the Black & Gold over the course of a bad April.
The Crew offense has sputtered over the losing streak, only scoring once and conceding five. Gyasi Zardes has gone four straight games without a goal, his longest such streak since joining Columbus. The rest of the attack, aside from Pedro Santos, is also struggling to take their chances.
The Houston Dynamo are well rested and undefeated at home. They are led by Alberth Elis’ four goals and three assists. Mauro Manotas leads the attack and has tallied four assists.
What to read:
Ralph Schudel breaks down what makes Houston so potent on offense and what the Black & Gold need to do on defense to slow them down. Guilherme Torres tries to look ahead at the rotation from Caleb Porter. The staff isn’t feeling great about the chances against the Dynamo. The team tells Pat Murphy that the offense needs to seize the moments.
2nd half underway.
Halftime and the Crew escape without giving up a second. Houston on the doorstep in the final thirty seconds, firing off several shots.
42’ Wow! A direct play almost pays off. Zardes redirects a Steffen kick to Robinho. He gets into the box and is closed down. Sosa’s shot goes well over.
37’ Crew in transition and Meram is able to uncork a meathook. It’s blocked and goes out for a corner.
28’ Jimenez gets in an early cross and it’s cleared for a corner. Meram’s service is good, but cleared by Houston.
26’ Another Crew turnover and Abubakar blocks Manotas’ shot. Corner drifts wide of goal.
24’ Small spell of possession for the Crew. Clark fires a shot, but it is clipped. Opportunity ends with Clark fouling on the resulting corner.
20’ Crew still struggling as Houston looks very comfortable. No real possession, let alone attacking chances yet.
10’ Not much happening for the Crew so far. Only a poorly taken corner in the attacking zone for Columbus.
3’ Goal Houston. Abubakar turns the ball over at midfield. Manotas takes the ball and centers to Elis. It’s clipped in.
Injuries, Suspensions, and Call-ups:
Columbus Crew: Only two names are on the injury list and they will both be out for a while. Harrison Afful will be out with a broken jaw suffered I'm March and was expected out until early May at the earliest. Milton Valenzuela is on the season-ending injury list with his ACL tear. There are no suspensions or call-ups.
Houston Dynamo: Veteran left back DaMarcus Beasley remains out after a left knee surgery in March. Midfielder Eric Bird is recovering from a left ankle injury. Forwards Romell Quioto and Ronaldo Peña have been hampered by knee injuries and won’t be available.
How To Watch:
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8:30 pm
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)
TV: SportsTime Ohio